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Bernardo Silva breaks silence on Man City future amid Barcelona transfer interest
For the first time this summer, Bernardo Silva spoke candidly about his uncertain future and a prospective transfer to Barcelona. He said that he is unsure if he would remain at Manchester City once the transfer window closes.
Bernardo is wanted by Barcelona, and Pep Guardiola admitted last week that he is uncertain as to whether the well-liked Portuguese playmaker will remain with City after September 1. Guardiola emphasized that City want Bernardo to stay, and despite this week’s reports to the contrary, no offer has been made or accepted.
Bernardo has already spoken about his precarious situation, reiterating his personal stance against leaving City and refusing to rule out a move out of the club in the upcoming weeks.
Man City has the ideal left-back strategy to assist Pep Guardiola in avoiding a mistake in 2020
Manchester City could end up signing two new left-backs this summer after, for a long time, it looked like none would arrive.
Even though City is trying to find a successor for Aleks Zinchenko, who last month signed with Arsenal for £30 million, there is still a lot that needs to happen in the next 22 days before the transfer market ends. Despite Pep Guardiola’s protests, City’s need for a left-back has been made plain in the first two games of the season. A new full-back will also be required to strengthen the balance of a tiny team.
Not only does the current scenario put strain on Joao Cancelo, but it also lessens the competition for Kyle Walker, who has consistently performed at his peak. The fact that City is looking for a left-back so indicates a recognition that the current squad dynamic cannot continue.
Loanee James McAtee sent reality check by Sheffield United boss after debut snub
James McAtee has joined Sheffield United on loan for the season from Manchester City, but was an unused substitute on Saturday.
The fact that James McAtee is a Manchester City player does not guarantee him playing time while on loan at Sheffield United.
In spite of intense competition from teams in the top two divisions, Sheffield United won the race to recruit McAtee on loan for the current campaign as they pursue promotion from the Championship. McAtee was included right away to the Blades’ matchday squad for the weekend match against Millwall but did not play in the 2-0 home victory.
After the game, manager Paul Heckingbottom explained his reasoning for not introducing McAtee, stating that the City academy graduate will have to earn his playing time at Bramall Lane just like everyone else.
“I don’t want to tee him up and I want to respect everything we do, and how hard it is to get on the pitch on this team,” Heckingbottom warned McAtee.
“I’m big on everyone knowing their roles and their jobs and we haven’t had long enough to work with James and Reda [Khadra] and the other boys we’ve bought in, to really give them that detail without the ball.
“When you’re in the team and you’re 2-0 up, it’s about without the ball. It’s just something I’m not willing to do. I want a clean sheet, I want the win, and it also allows me to stress the importance of that.
“It’s always horses for courses in games and sometimes the decision in my eyes is an easy one. Other times you’re going off a gut feeling or how someone’s trained in that week. Things like that.”
Also joining McAtee at Bramall Lane this season is Tommy Doyle, who is yet to feature for Sheffield United in their two Championship fixtures so far due to injury. McAtee may get the chance to make his debut this week in the Carabao Cup against West Brom.